For the Business of Football - Inside World Football Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:53:49 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Samara to spend £1.1bn across region readying for Russia 2018 Russia 2018 logo1By Paul Nicholson
November 28 – More details of infrastructure build and budgeted spends are emerging for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Samara region is planning to spend more than RUB 77 billion (£1.1billion) in its preparations. While it has been announced that training bases will be set up in 20 Russian cities for national teams – World Cup matches will be played in 11 cities,]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Russia 2018 World Cup News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:20:22 +0000
FIFA ethics chief refutes German FA's criticism, but opens door to report publication Hans Joachim Eckert3November 28 - In a statement to German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, FIFA Ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert refutes the criticism made by German FA President Wolfgang Niersbach of the ethics process.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:09:29 +0000 Three FIFA exco members plus Beckenbauer facing investigation beckenbauer president bayernBy Andrew Warshaw
November 27 - Three current FIFA executive committee members plus German legend Franz Beckenbauer, all of whom voted in the controversial 2018 and 2022 World Cup ballot, are reported to be facing formal disciplinary action as a result of Michael Garcia's two-year investigation into potential corruption surrounding the vote.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured World Football News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:06:33 +0000
Belgian clubs ownership reshuffle as Coucke targets bigger Lille stake Marc CouckeBy Samindra Kunti
November 28 - Lille OSC is ending its partnership with Belgian satellite club Mouscron-Péruwelz. The French club will dispense of its 51% share in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League club before Christmas to avoid a conflict of interest for Lille shareholder Marc Coucke.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:02:18 +0000
Spurs face UEFA inquiry after third pitch invader halts Europa League game Spurs pitch invaderNovember 28 - UEFA seem likely to sanction Tottenham Hotspur for inadequate safety measures after three bizarre one-man pitch invasions interrupted their Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade on Thursday.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:52:47 +0000 Brandao headbutt on Motta lands him a month in French prison Motta after headbuttNovember 28 - In one of the harshest rulings meted out for an on-the-field offence, Bastia's Brazilian striker Brandao has been handed a one-month jail sentence in France for headbutting Paris St-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta in the players' tunnel back in August.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:32:19 +0000 Seifert interview: Bundesliga is more valuable than ever Oliver Siefert interviewNovember 27 - In an interview with German sports channel SPORT1, Bundesliga chief Christian Seifert covered a range of issues from winning championships to value of media rights. Follow the link to watch the video. Interview by Martin Quast, text by Martin Volkmar]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:14:34 +0000 India: ISL will merge with I-League by 2020 Kushal DasBy Mark Baber
November 27 - The All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das (pictured) has said that the Indian Super League will not be profitable for at least seven years but that it will be merge with the country's I-League before 2020.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Asia World Football News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:04:13 +0000
IFAB puts video challenges on hold, but rolls on with subs changes Soccer substitutionsBy Andrew Warshaw
November 27 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter's idea of bringing in video replays and permitting coaches to be allowed tennis-style challenges against refereeing decisions appears unlikely to be implemented in the near future.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:18:21 +0000
Romanian authorities launch probe into owners of Petrolul Ploiesti Petrolul PloiestiBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
November 27 – Romanian prosecutors from the Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) have launched a probe into the two main shareholders of the Petrolul Ploiesti club, Daniel and Nicolae Capra, and Marius Bucuroiu, the side's general manager. The three club officials were arrested together with four others on the suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:32:21 +0000
Tensions over expansion rise between Kenyan FA and Premier League Kenyan Premier LeagueBy Mark Baber
November 27 - Tensions between the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and Kenyan Premier League (KPL) are escalating over the expansion of the country's top league from 16 to 18 teams, with the FKF insisting clubs register directly with them before December 15 or face being replaced.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:44:13 +0000
Qataris take Gulf Cup title with come-back victory over Saudi Qatar win Gulf CupNovember 27 – If the Qataris needed a confidence boost from the scrutiny of their credentials for staging the 2022 World Cup in the wake of Michael Garcia's bid investigation report, they delivered it on the field when their players struck a significant blow for progress.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Asia World Football News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:57:01 +0000 Torpedo Moscow hit with another ban for racist fans Torpedo Moscow fansNovember 27 - In what has become an almost routine ritual in Russia, Torpedo Moscow have once again been sanctioned for racism by fans, with its stadium ordered to be partly closed for three games.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:13:08 +0000 Exclusive: Prince Ali sits on presidential fence over which way to run Prince Ali and Sepp BlatterBy Andrew Warshaw
November 26 – FIFA vice-president Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein insists he has not yet decided whether to take on Sepp Blatter for the presidency next year as speculation intensifies that the reform-minded Jordanian could contest the election in May.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Asia World Football News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:40:39 +0000
Valcke says FIFA image needs rebuilding, but not solely for sponsor reasons Jerome Valcke 6By Andrew Warshaw
November 26 - A defiant FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insists that the decision by two top-tier sponsors to end their association with FIFA had nothing to do with making a stand against the corruption allegations that have engulfed world football's governing body.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:26:41 +0000
Lee Wellings: Women's football stakes its Wembley claim Next year's women's World Cup in Canada will definitely feel a bit artificial. Only the turf though. The football itself will be embraced like never before. You sense the next level is about to be reached for the women's game - and the evidence was on the real turf of one of the World's great football stadiums, Wembley.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Lee Wellings Columnists Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:35:07 +0000 FIFA summons Palestinians and Israelis to Morocco for more 'peace' talks fifa3By Andrew Warshaw
November 26 - Palestinian and Israeli football officials will meet face-to-face next month in the latest attempt by FIFA to broker some kind of trust between the two sides and create a platform for meaningful dialogue.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:02:58 +0000
Efbet adds Levski Sofia to its Bulgarian portfolio efbet levskiBy Alexander Krassimirov
November 26 – Sports betting company Efbet has continued its sponosrship expansion into the top tier of Bulgarian football with the addition of Levski Sofia to its portfolio. Efbet now has a sponsorship lock on almost all the leading teams in the Bulgarian championship - CSKA Sofia, Lokomotiv Sofia, Slavia, Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Botev Plovdiv.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:52:24 +0000
Jamaica jammin to CFU success and set for CONCACAF U20 hosting Concacaf U20 drawNovember 26 – The reggae beat is pounding out through Jamaican football at the moment. At their home tournament the Reggae Boyz triumphed in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Cup with a penalty shoot-out win over long-time rivals Trinidad and Tobago earlier this month. In January, the Jamaicans kick off the CONCACAF football year with the hosting of the U20 Championships.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Tournaments Football Americas World Football News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:49:45 +0000 Irish troubles: Delaney apologises for singing Republican song John DelaneyNovember 26 - Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney (pictured) has apologised after a video of him singing an Irish Republican song in a Dublin bar was broadcast on Youtube. Delaney was part of a group singing a song about Northern Irish man Joe McDonnell who was one of the IRA hunger strikers who died in 1981.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:38:54 +0000 Blatter condemns Israeli military raid on Palestinian FA HQ Jibril Rajoub 2By Andrew Warshaw
November 25 - FIFA President Sepp Blatter has condemned an apparent Israeli raid on the headquarters of the Palestinian FA after a resurgence of unrest between the two sides, according to Palestinian reports.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Asia World Football News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:01:26 +0000